View Full Version : Halstead - New Street wartime building
A senior citizens' centre (http://www.halsteadgazette.co.uk/news/9443241.Halstead__New_community_centre_plans_could _be_underway_within_months/) in New Street, Halstead, Essex has been threatened with closure. According to some sources, it was built during the war as 'a hotel for USAAF servicemen'. If that's true, then it presumably it served the various American airfields in the local district - although I'd have thought it more likely to be a American Red Cross facility.
Anyone know any more?
No but best photograph it before it gets demolished
Is this it?
Yes, Peter, that's the place.
After a bit of phoning around, I've found out that the structure was purpose-built as an "Anglo-American Club" in 1943. In the same area, there were apparently others at Sible Hedingham and Gt Dunmow - the latter (http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/51/a5349251.shtml) possibly being of the same design and construction. Does anyone know if these temporary structures, with their specific 'club' purpose, featured in other USAAF base areas where no suitable existing premises were available?
The Halstead club became a youth hostel post-war before being used over the past 70-odd years by various clubs and societies. It might well be the last of its type.
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